We foster highly remarkable “PhD Professionals” who will play active roles as leaders in diverse fields of society. In this program, we regard the “core” ability as the advanced specialty that should be acquired in each student’s respective graduate school, and “spoke” as the abilities to utilize the “core” ability in an international and practical environment. The “spoke” covers five competencies, namely, abilities for autonomous proposal making and resolution, abilities of communication and management, international mind and cultural understanding, understanding of different fields, and abilities of debating and self-expression. We provide a well-developed structured curriculum, including discussion sessions with Nobel laureates and top leaders from different fields of industry, media, law, politics and so on, and transferable skills training (which is now being implemented by many universities in the UK), so that students acquire those abilities at high levels. In addition, as a final step, students make proposals on their own, autonomously identify problems, set requirements, and propose solutions, through the career creation project, “Gateway to Success.”
It is indispensable for global leaders to have communication skills and cultural understanding, as well as a proactive attitude to express their own opinions. This program provides language training in cooperation with the British Council, and fosters English proficiency including the understanding of cultural aspects. Through a variety of coursework consisting of lectures on international issues as well as Japan’s cultural experience, students develop cultural understanding concerning the differences between their own culture and the cultures of others. During the master’s course, students are obliged to participate three times in overseas training in Frontier Asian countries and the UK. Furthermore, we carry out an “Ambition Camp” utilizing Nagoya University’s base in North Carolina, USA, during the doctoral course. Students learn about entrepreneurship and the business society in an international environment.
Mentorship is also one of the major features of this program, which will lead to a better overall understanding of the students’ fields as well as changing in consciousness and behavior. In the master’s course, young professors from different fields are assigned as “Young Mentors” and help students to understand different fields of research.
In the doctoral course, in cooperation with companies and governmental agencies, businesspersons are invited as “Business Mentors,” to share their practical experience and knowledge. The advice of mentors will help students build a vision and career path for the future.
[All-around Category] Selected for FY2012
All Graduate Schools (All Departments except the Department of Practical Legal Personnel Training, Graduate School of Law)
[Partner Companies, etc.] 12 companies/governmental agencies
Tokai Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd.; Toyota Motor Corporation; Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc.; Chunichi Shimbun Co., Ltd.; Denso Corporation; NGK Insulators, Ltd.; The Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank, Ltd.; Tokai Medical Products, Inc.; IBM Japan, Ltd.; Aichi Prefecture; Nagoya City; Chubu Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry, METI